Federal lands have long been a source of political conflict. In the 70s and 80s, the Sage Brush Rebellion challenged … More
President Trump’s decision to reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante—has been a political … More
Last week, President Trump issued two long-awaited proclamations reducing the size of two controversial national monuments in Utah. The same … More
One major shortcoming of relying on the political process to achieve environmental objectives (or most any other objective) is that … More
After an intense, months-long review of national monuments, Secretary Zinke delivered his report with recommendations to the President on August … More
We need monumental creativity to resolve Antiquities Act conflicts, which is threatened by both sides digging in.
Last week, Interior Secretary Zinke released an interim report suggesting that the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument should be redrawn and management of the area reconsidered. In less than a day, before knowing what the new boundaries or management would be, lawsuits were threatened. If carried out, the proposal will empower tribes, promote better stewardship, and limit unnecessary regulation.
If the President undoes a monument and successfully defends that action, it could lead to broader reform of the Antiquities Act that allows monuments and many other federal lands to be managed more effectively for both people and the environment.
Shifting the cost of recreational opportunities on federal lands to those who enjoy them will better reveal how valuable this use of these lands is.
Congressional hearing questions whether monuments can be designated in the ocean under the Antiquities Act.